Madness, Shamanism, and Wicca by Yvonne Aburrow
Some people have argued that people with mental health issues should not take part in Wicca, because the rituals are highly emotionally charged and involve a lot of shamanic practices which people feel might exacerbate mental health issues. I disagree – I think that the practice of Wicca can help people to integrate the psyche, which would be beneficial. Neither mental health, learning difficulties, nor learning disabilities should be regarded as an automatic disqualification for taking part in Pagan or Wiccan rituals.
Thorn Mooney, Wicca and Depression"I am disturbed by the tendency in Wiccan, Pagan, and New Age communities to eschew psychiatric care, qualified counseling, and even open discussion of mental illness in favor of, essentially, positive thinking and lots of herbal tea. There is still a trend toward shaming those who seek professional help in struggling with depression (etc.). The implication is that if you struggle with mental illness, you’re doing Wicca wrong."
Marg Herder, The Long Overdue Conversation About Mental Illness
Heron Michelle, She Who is Without Oddness, Cast the First Stone
Self-harm, faith, and spirituality, by Rev Kate
Excellent article on self-harm in the context of faith and spirituality, by a Metropolitan Community Church minister (the MCC, founded in 1968, is a liberal church created by and for LGBT people).
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